As many are aware, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has scheduled the Route 141 at Interstate 44 improvement project to start this summer. As outlined on the project website, the problem is as follows: the interchange of I-44 & Route 141 is exceptionally crowded during morning and evening commutes. With several major arterials, including Vance Road, leading to Route 141 near I-44, the roadway remains exceptionally congested.
Most of our Fenton Chamber members and area residents travel this route, some even on a daily basis. With that being said, we have scheduled Karen Yeomans P.E., area MoDOT Engineer for Southwest St. Louis County, to speak at our upcoming Membership Luncheon in May. Karen will share the latest information regarding the Route 141 at I-44 Improvement design-build project and complete reconstruction.
All are welcome to attend the luncheon; with this project having an impact on so many, it is important to us to keep our Chamber members and the community up to date with project information, schedules and timelines.
When: Wednesday, May 4th
Where: Andre’s West Banquet Center – 211 S. Old Highway 141; Fenton, MO 63026
Time: Check-In at 11:00am; Program Starts Promptly at 11:30am
Cost: $20 for Chamber Members; $25 for Non-Members (Registration Required)
How to Register:
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER OR call the Chamber Office at (636) 717-0200. Registration for this event is required by Thursday, April 28th.
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce presented 13 local high school seniors with scholarships at the annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, July 1st at Andre’s West Banquet Center in Fenton, Missouri. Since 1987, the Fenton Chamber has had the privilege of awarding 310 high school graduates with over $250,000 in scholarship funds to further their education.
This year’s scholarship recipients include: from Rockwood Summit High School – Cailin Collins, Lauren DeBoor, Jennifer deJong, Samantha Hahn, Ross Kurczynski, Trevor Meyer, Patrick Tosti, Michael Trudzinksi, Grabriella Tucci, Zachary VanTuyl and Cody Vogel; from Lindbergh High School – Haley Greer; from Northwest High School – Joseph Hagan.
Ross Kurczynski was awarded the 2015 Ginny Goede Scholarship, established in 2002 as a tribute to her untiring dedication to the Chamber, to helping others and to giving back to the community. Ross accelerated his high school graduation so that he could attend 14 weeks of basic training and special skills training before starting college this fall as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army National Guard.
Members of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce along with the high school graduates and their families, were in attendance to honor the outstanding successes and accomplishments of these scholars from the 63026 zip code.
This event was sponsored by Edward Jones – Sean C. King. Awards were presented by Sean King and Ginny Goede as the honors and achievements of each scholar were announced. Scholarship Recipients were also awarded with an official proclamation from the Missouri House of Representatives, recognizing their receipt of a Fenton Chamber Scholarship.
At a recent Membership Luncheon, Diane Bade and Michele VanTuyl with UniQue Ideas ‘N More presented the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce with a brand new pair of Ribbon Cutting scissors on behalf of Diane, her late husband Harold, and the entire VanTuyl family. Diane mentioned that Harold was truly an advocate of business and the Chamber, thus it is only fitting that these scissors carry his name with them through the dedication placed on the scissors: “Harold Bade Longtime Chamber Member & Friend.”
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce is grateful for this gift and will cherish them, along with the memory of Harold Bade who passed away earlier this year. Thank you, Diane, Michele, and family.
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce presented 12 local high school seniors with scholarships at the annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, July 2nd at Andre’s West Banquet Center in Fenton, Missouri.
This year’s scholarship recipients include: from Rockwood Summit, Shawn Cole, Allison Gacioch, Mallory Greaves, Megan Jerger, Katie Repko, Emily Van de Riet and Hannah Weber; from Ursuline Academy, Abigail Adams and Morgan Diffley; from Lutheran South High School, Lauren Adler; and from St. Louis University High School, Marcus Ramspott and Joe Reichold.
Lauren Adler was awarded the 2014 Ginny Goede Scholarship, in honor of long-time Chamber member Ginny Goede of The Jewelry Connection, for her dedication to helping others as well as her passion for service and giving back to the community.
Members of the Fenton Chamber, along with the high school seniors and their families, were in attendance to honor the outstanding successes and accomplishments of these scholars from the 63026 zip code.
This event was sponsored by Edward Jones – Sean C. King. Awards were presented by Sean King and Ginny Goede as the honors and achievements of each scholar were announced to attendants. Missouri House Representative Mike Leara then awarded scholars with a special declaration certificate, recognizing their receipt of a Fenton Chamber Scholarship.
Not pictured: Morgan Diffley – Ursuline Academy, Megan Jerger – Rockwood Summit, Marcus Ramspott – St. Louis University High School
Amy is very excited to join the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce, where she believes her desire for helping others can help the staff and members to be at their best.
In addition to welcoming Amy to the staff, current Communications Coordinator, Kelly O’Daniel, has recently received a new title as Director of Communications. Kelly is involved in all aspects of communications, including the monthly Fenton Focus newsletter, e-mail blasts, website management, press writing and advertising.
After 10 years with the Fenton Chamber, former Assistant Director, Lisa Rackley, has accepted the Executive Director position at the Affton Chamber of Commerce upon the retirement of current Director, Joan Edelson.
UniGroup President Rich McClure will address area business owners and employees at the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. He will share insights about businesses’ role in supporting free enterprise and share unexpected lessons from his appearance on the CBS reality show Undercover Boss.
Rich McClure is President of UniGroup, the parent company of United Van Lines, Mayflower Transit, UniGroup Relocation and UniGroup Logistics. The $1.7 billion relocation and logistics leader is headquartered in Fenton, Mo. McClure also serves as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce South Central Regional Vice Chairman.The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, June 4th at Andre's West Banquet Facility - 211 South Old Highway 141, Fenton MO. Doors open at 11 a.m. for check-in and networking while the Program will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m., concluding around 1:00 p.m.
Cost to attend is $20 for members; $25 for non-members/guests. If you are interested in attending this luncheon, please contact the Chamber Office at 636-717-0200.
Local educators, students and business leaders joined together Wednesday, March 12th at Fabick CAT, 1 Fabick Drive, Fenton MO 63026.
The 2014 STEM Summit aimed to strengthen K-12 STEM education throughout St. Louis and Jefferson County, bringing together those who support and play a role in STEM education for the purpose of encouraging students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The Summit connected students and other individuals with those businesses and higher education institutions which offer STEM courses in an interactive, hands-on format. This conference was organized by the Partners in Education from Rockwood School District along with the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Attendees at the Summit had the opportunity to view STEM projects from local area schools such as Lindbergh, Northwest, Rockwood, Vianney and Special School District. In addition, Dr. Pam Keck, National Corn Grower Association Director of BioFuels was the Key Note Speaker. The Summit concluded with a Roundtable Discussion revolving around how educators and business can work together to better educate and guide students into STEM professions.
About Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce promotes, supports and represents businesses in the City of Fenton and both unincorporated St. Louis and Jefferson County areas of Fenton for the betterment of its members and the community. For more information, click here.
About Rockwood School District Partners in Education
Partners in Education (PIE) links community resources to Rockwood classrooms. PIE facilitators partner with volunteers willing to share their expertise or special talents with students. This community connection enhances curriculum, making learning more meaningful and relevant for students. For more information visit rockwood.k12.mo.us/pie
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that seven members of the Board of Directors became CPR Certified in the Heartsaver program which was offered through the Fenton Fire Protection District. Participants in this certification included Greg Bresler of Andre’s Banquet Facilities & Catering; Jodi Clinton of Commerce Bank; Paul Carcagno of Fortune Insurance; Rick Nadler of Grand Rental Station; Melissa Sullivan of UniGroup; Vance Scherrer with SERVPRO of Fenton/South Ballwin; and Jeannie Braun, Executive Director of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce.
In coordination with this effort, the Board of Directors has also started fundraising efforts to purchase an AED Machine (Automated External Defibrillator) which will be brought to and available at all meetings and events hosted by the Fenton Chamber. The Board wants to be proactive with regards to the continued safety of all event attendees by being prepared should an emergency situation arise.
For more information, or if you would like to make a contribution to the AED Machine Fund, please contact the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce at 636-717-0200.
FENTON CHAMBER MEMBERS PLEDGE TO “FIND IT IN FENTON FIRST” WITH NEW CAMPAIGN TO BRING 10 PERCENT OF SPENDING BACK TO LOCAL BUSINESSES
FENTON, MO (January 28, 2014) – Representatives from dozens of Fenton-area businesses will be taking the pledge to bring 10 percent of their business to local organizations in 2014. The “Find it in Fenton First” campaign kicks-off at the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Andre’s West banquet facility.
“Local businesses who shop other local businesses multiply their impact,” said Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce President Greg Bresler. “When a business succeeds in our community, they bank with local banks, advertise in local newspapers and purchase local services such as accounting and printing. It is logical for local businesses to support each other.”
Attendees at the campaign launch will learn about other benefits of shopping local, including:
A Strong Local Economy: When you shop locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.
Community Funding: Purchases made locally contribute to the fund for city-provided entities, including police and fire departments, senior services, libraries, street maintenance, parks, trails and much more. It also allows businesses to support important events and charitable causes.
Attractive Climate for New Business: A healthy and vibrant business community helps attract new business development.
Community Pride: Shopping locally lets others know you are proud of the community you live and work in.
About Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce promotes, supports and represents businesses in the City of Fenton and both unincorporated St. Louis and Jefferson County areas of Fenton for the betterment of its members and the community. For more information visit fentonmochamber.com.
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the annual Scholarship Program. The FACC will award $12,000 in scholarship funds to chosen applicants. it is only due to the wonderful support from Chamber members and the community that the Fenton Chamber is able to offer these scholarships each year. To date, the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce has distributed more than $220,000 in scholarships to 283 high school graduates in the 63026 zip code.
New this year, the Scholarship Application is available online via Scholarship Central. A link can be found via the Chamber website or click on the logo below. In addition to the FACC Scholarship, students may also find other available scholarship opportunities in the area through this database.
Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who plan to attend a college, university, technical, or trade school. All applicants must reside in the 63026 zip code which includes the City of Fenton, Unincorporated St. Louis County, and Unincorporated Jefferson County.
Submission deadline for scholarships is Friday, April 11th. Please contact the Chamber Office at 636.717.0200 for more information or with any questions.
On December 4th, the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce held its 9th Annual Awards & Installation Luncheon at Maritz in Fenton, Missouri. At this event, Chamber members were recognized for their achievements throughout the year. Deb Fruend, Executive Director and Founder of Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK), accepted the award for Small Business of the Year in recognition of the tremendous contribution made not only to the Fenton Chamber, but to the entire Fenton community. Mercy Clinic was recognized with the award for Mid-Size Business of the Year, the company starting with a single practice by Dr. Rezabek to what has grown into a seven-part team, all working together to provide the Fenton community with best possible care. Special School District received the award for Large Business of the Year, accepted by Superintendent John Cary, as they currently educate about 23,000 students with disabilities at sites throughout St. Louis County, including 265 public schools operated by the other 22 public school districts in St. Louis County. Cindy Helmkamp, Business Development Manager of American Eagle Credit Union, accepted the award for New Member of the Year, in recognition of their dedication to the Fenton Chamber and the Community. Located in Olde Towne Fenton and one of the Chamber’s original and oldest members, Krieg Lohbeck & Company CPAs was honored with the Service to the Chamber award for volunteering their tax services to the Chamber over the past three years; Bruce Krieg accepted the award. Megan Bresler of Carrollton Bank received the Chamber Volunteer of the Year award both for her dedication to this past Dinner Auction as Chair and her renewed commitment to that position for the coming event in 2014. The Spirit of the Chamber award was award to Linda Branham of Mary Kay Cosmetics and Jan Mullaney of SERVPRO for their unwavering “spirited” representation at Chamber events as Ambassadors and in the community. Lastly, Paul Carcagno, Vice President of Fortune Insurance, accepted the 2013 Board Member of the Year award for his dedication to the Fenton Chamber Board of Directors, especially with the crucial role he played in this year’s Affordable Care Act Seminar. Congratulations to each of these award winners and to all members for their dedication and commitment to making the Fenton Chamber thrive!
Pictured (left to right): Paul Carcagno-Vice President of Fortune Insurance, Jeannie Braun-FACC Executive Director, Jan Mullaney-SERVPRO, Bruce Krieg-Krieg Lohbeck & Company CPAs, Linda Branham-Mary Kay Cosmetics, Megan Bresler-Carrollton Bank, Greg Bresler-General Manager of Andre’s Banquets & Catering and FACC President, Tracy Mills and Cindy Helmkamp of American Eagle Credit Union, Deb Fruend-Executive Director and Founder of Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK), Amanda Breedlove of Mercy Clinic Urgent Care
Not Pictured: John Cary-Superintendent of Special School District
The Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition (MMSC) and the Missouri Afterschool Network (MASN) have awarded $5,000 in local community K-12 STEM engagement grants. The Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition is an organization of business leaders, educators, parents and other stakeholders who have come together to find ways to improve student performance and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The organization is a program of the Missouri Chamber Education Foundation. The Missouri Afterschool Network is part of a national network, led by a statewide steering committee comprised of organizations and individuals concerned about the success of children and youth during non-school hours.
It is “BACK to SCHOOL” time for all business owners and representatives. Beginning in August! The HIVE44 Academy will be in session.
The academy was fostered over the last year as the HIVE44 Coworking Center grew; we saw a need for an academic structure in business development for small business owners.
Trends are forever changing in the business world and as business owners and representatives we need to keep up on those changes through education. Not your normal college credits, but targeted information to help you and YOUR business now!
The HIVE44 Academy will bring in qualified professionals in their field as instructors for classes, clinics, workshops, boot camps and speaker series, in sales training/coaching, marketing, social media training, business law, accounting and financing, and much more.
Many unique programs are now offered at the HIVE44 Academy on monthly bases.
Generosity Generation in Action- Accountability Group based on the book 7 Levels of Communication – Go from Relationships to Referrals. This group is a structured referral, sales and accountability group where we learn to implement the strategies of the 7 Levels of Communication.
WRITE NOW! – A business writing clinic- Consider this your dedicated day to write!
This workshop is held the 3rd Tuesday of the Month 9am-4pm. We begin with a JUMPSTART Session with guest writers to help us get motivated. THINK TANK Session throughout the day to help you brainstorm and critic your writing.
Brown Bag it-Lunch and Learn Discussion panels on varies business topics with other professionals are held the 2nd Monday of the Month.
For more information on the HIVE44 Academy: Contact Cheryl Jaycox at 636-405-3130 or
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On Wednesday, April 10th, the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Crafting YOUR Elevator Speech” Workshop at the Chamber Office inside Maritz South– 1400 South Highway Drive, Suite 99, Fenton MO 63099 – from 8:00am to 11:00am. This one-of-a-kind workshop will be facilitated by Fred Miller, renowned speaker, coach and author of No Sweat Public Speaking: How to Develop, Practice, and Deliver a ‘Knock Your Socks Off’ Presentation… With No Sweat!
We have all had it happen… you are at a chamber meeting, networking event, or seminar, and the leader says, “Before we get started, let’s go around the room and introduce ourselves. Tell us who you are and what you do. Give us your Elevator Speech.” Many of us start sweating when we hear those words because our “Elevator Speech” always seems to be a “work in progress.”
This workshop will show you, floor-by-floor, how to develop a great “Elevator Speech” for all audiences and time considerations. Unlike others, this is truly a hands-on workshop at which you are GUARANTEED to leave with an “Elevator Speech” that you will be proud to deliver!
In the words of Mr. Fred Miller, “Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career and Leadership Opportunities.”
The cost for this event is $65.00. Registration is required. Please contact the Chamber Office at (636) 717-0200 or CLICK HERE to register and pay online.
Registration for the 2012 FACC Golf Tournament is in Full Swing!
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce supports, promotes & encourages shopping local and keeping business in Fenton. The organization also serves as a link between our members and the community, providing members with tools to succeed in business through networking, marketing, and educational opportunities.